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With climate change becoming a bigger and more real threat with every passing day, we must do our part in taking care of the environment around us. We don‘t even have to make any major changes, we can always start small. Everyone can start recycling, composting, buying a metal or bamboo straw to replace plastic ones, etc. These simple steps can slowly start making a huge difference once everyone starts adopting them. Another great way you can do your part in helping the environment is taking care of the greenery in your property. This greenery can include either a single succulent or potted plant up to an entire yard that is filled with trees and all. These ...
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Your home is your sanctuary. One of the best ways to feel at ease is to make it your own through interior design renovations and careful furniture selection. There are many ways to go about projects. Some are more extensive than others, but all are a great opportunity for you to express your creativity. Check out these four tips for fun ideas.   Light Up Your Room in Style   A simple interior lighting swap can do wonders for the ambiance of a room. Architectural lighting design and manufacturing businesses specialize in custom fixtures to tie the look of your space together. You can choose to carefully plan a one-of-a-kind piece for every room or create ...
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In the growing landscape of marketing, it has become vital for businesses to switch to the changing environment to be able to generate better revenue. Traditional ways of doing business have changed tremendously and it always has been the trend that every decade there is a shift in the buying behavior of customers and businesses have to overhaul their strategy and integrate technology in the existing infrastructure and search for a better marketing tool to meet the need of the customers. Today we will be discussing why businesses need to hire mobile app development company or should search for top mobile app development companies . It is undeniable that ...
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One of the best things that you can do for yourself and your wallet is to learn how to become self-sufficient. You do not have to be entirely self-sufficient of course, but at the same time, knowing your way around a basic toolbox is a great place to start. Once you know what certain tools do, you can use those tools in little home fixes. So, if you know how to properly use a drill, you can drill holes in your wall yourself, you can hammer in nails yourself, paint your wall yourself, etc. The list here is endless. Plus, when you are doing these tasks yourself, you do not have to call and rely on a professional, which helps you save money (provided that you ...
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This piece was originally published at: https://homerepairninja.com/can-you-install-tile-over-concrete/ . Believe it or not this question comes up fairly often, and the answer is a bit more complex than you might think. From the same man who brought you the complete guide to butcher block countertops , we find an answer: Technically, you can install tile over concrete. However, it’s definitely not recommended. You would need to take several precautions since installing tile directly over concrete can lead to the tile cracking. To properly install tile over concrete, you will need to start off with a sturdy flooring cover. Laminate flooring, hardwood ...
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Several US states and Canadian provinces have taken steps to curb the fast-spreading coronavirus by issuing stay at home orders, restricting business operations, or closing down borders as death toll in both countries approaches 600. While many businesses have been ordered shut, cannabis stores have been listed as essential services and allowed to remain open. In Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, online sales on the government-run Ontario Cannabis Store’s (OCS) Web site have soared over the last two weeks, OCS director of communications Daffyd Roderick, said. For example, last weekend’s orders were more than twice as high as only ...
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For centuries, flat roofs have been the go-to choice for anyone looking for a cost-effective way to get some extra livable space out of their home. Unlike traditional pitched roofs, they require fewer materials to install and you can climb onto them with ease. This opens up an infinite number of possibilities, whether it’s growing a garden, drying laundry, or entertaining your loved ones over dinner. A flat roof also adds a touch of modern flair to any property. The combination of crisp, even lines around an expansive surface will surely stand out in the neighborhood in the best way possible. Curious about how a flat roof can fit into your lifestyle? Read ...
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Now, hidden devices or skimmers typically designed to steal credit card information have previously been a threat for the users at the ATM or gas pumping stations. Skimming has now become advanced, and high-tech and hackers can compromise your data more productively. Last year, during the holiday shopping season, an American Outdoor Brand noticed a problem with their websites that sell accessories, hats, and shirts. Later it was revealed that the site was a victim of an e-skimming attack over Thanksgiving. They reveal that a kind of malware-infected their checkout pages to steal both personal and payment details of the customers. The company claims that ...
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Anyone with a commercial, institutional or industrial building would have nurtured the thought of making an installation of a building automation system (BAS).  One would also have contemplated on the importance and inherent benefits of having a BAS and if the value it will present will be worth the installation cost. The Building Automation Systems offer an advanced means of controlling a building's various systems such as its cooling and heating system (HVAC), its electrical components and system and also its security devices. The control system is designed so as to fit into various building and their distinct complexity. The design is customized to ...
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When replacing windows in your home, one of the key pieces of advice is to first decide on the purpose of the window. Naturally, the window’s primary function is to allow for visibility. However, there are other functions to consider, such as ventilation, sunlight, or simply, aesthetics. If a room is too dark and you want more natural light to fill the space, you have the option to install multiple windows or one large windowpane. If opting for multiple windows, there is still a choice between whether to install fixed windows, openable ones, or a mix of the two. Sometimes a room has the perfect amount of natural light, but the air feels stagnant. Installing ...
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This is certainly the year where we as a nation think about the important state of Iowa.  We are now about a month past the Iowa caucuses and there are likely a variety of opinions on the results and the process of determining delegates.  However, when it comes to this Iowa project, there is truly a unified chorus of support for this 2019 Faith and Form award winner, St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church, the feature focus for our March Blog.  Directly in the heart of Iowa north of Des Moines, Neumann Monson Architects (MNA) designed this 31,805 SF facility which was completed in 2015 by Hansen Company, Inc.   The firm states the design is an ‘assemblage ...
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Towards a regenerative future By Joyce Raybuck, AIA, LEED AP  A look into the sustainability action plan of bnim, ARCHITECT 50’s top sustainability firm Towards a Regenerative Future BNIM has long been a leader in the green building movement. We were instrumental in the development of the USGBC, LEED, COTE and the Living Building concept. Through our involvement, the firm has redefined design excellence to elevate human experience coupled with aesthetics and building performance. This year marks our 50th year practicing architecture, planning, and design. To celebrate the past, we look towards the future. We have redoubled our commitment to sustainable ...
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2018/2019 COTE ACSA/AIA COTE Top Ten for Students by John J. Clark, AIA, NCARB A conversation with with awardees Phil Riazzi & Cameron Foster Phil Riazzi Riazzi is a registered architect with five years of professional experience finishing his Master of Architecture degree at Clemson University. He is passionate about the adaptability of buildings, the benefits of working with your hands, architecture serving as a catalyst for change, and innovations in construction technology that can be leveraged to tackle social and environmental challenges. Cameron Foster Foster is a Master of Architecture student at Clemson University and has one year of ...
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Embodied carbon: apples to apples by Jennifer Hardy, AIA How can we integrate life-cycle thinking to inform and influence material decisions when they are initially visualized? Melanie Silver, AIA, LEED AP BD+C Silver works with design teams to meet rigorous sustainability targets through data-driven investigation. She manages the building performance simulation responsibilities in the Building Science Group and leads Payette’s Materials Research Team, responsible for developing and implementing material policy. She represents Payette regularly at client meetings and in public presentations. Silver educates the design team on issues relevant to building ...
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As a funny quote says “Home is where the Wi-Fi connects automatically”, the quote indirectly translates to that the peace of mind of a person, is in their own homes. Home is the place where you can leave all the troubles of life and work behind, and relax. Having their own home is something that can bring a lot of peace into someone's life . Knowing that there will always be a place where you can go at the end of the day, gather your thoughts and relax, is such a comforting feeling that it can put a smile into a person’s face. Unfortunately, having a home is a desire that not everyone can fulfill. Owning a house is a very difficult task to accomplish, simply ...
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A lot of people seem to think that trees do not need to be maintained. Just like every other plant in your garden, you need to take care of your trees as well. Plants have a tendency to grow and grow as long as they get nutrition. A plant that grows without restraint can begin losing its health. Plants need regular trimming and pruning to keep them healthy. It also ensures that they do not start growing in ways that you do not want them to. Shrubs and garden plants can be pruned on your own. In fact, taking care of your own plants can be a great hobby. However, one should not try to cut and prune their trees on their own. This is because trees are a lot ...
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LED strip kits are suitable for all types of installations: for lighting in single or multi-color, to give a festive note to a room or simply to highlight an element.  Easy to install, professional, find the LED strip you need. Various and varied LED strip kits to meet all needs A wide range of light ribbon kits. The varied selection allows us to meet all requests and expectations. Professionals, you will inevitably find your happiness! LED roll to illuminate decorative objects or a particular room, each light ribbon kit presented can be used indoors and outdoors. Very easy to install, our products have the ability to give a festive touch wherever ...
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Advocacy is not just about legislative matters. Sometimes advocacy is about making public statements on regulations that are matters of principle, often taking the form of letters of opposition or support.   The AIA has submitted a letter of opposition (attached) to the Trump Administration’s recent proposal to exclude climate change impacts from the evaluation of infrastructure projects under the National Environmental Policy Act. The changes to the regulations being considered may make it easier to plan and permit infrastructure projects, but it would put such critical public investments at greater risk and worsen global greenhouse gas emissions. As the ...
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The 2021 Cycle   of the Honor Awards include a direct mention of the Framework for Design Excellence and also references to the 10 measures and their associated metrics. This represents a significant shift that COTE leaders and leaders from other groups within AIA, including some within the Committee on Design, have been working on for several years. These leaders include Bill Leddy, FAIA; Henry Siegel, FAIA; Anne Schopf, FAIA; and others. (It’s worth noting that the COTE Top Ten Awards were founded in 1997 to bring a more robust definition of design excellence to awards until the Institute Honor Awards evolved to do so; COTE leaders at the time thought it ...
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In 2019, AIA adopted the COTE measures as the AIA Framework for Design Excellence. We’ve been exploring the measures in a series of posts. We asked Billie Tsien, AIA, of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, to share her thoughts about Measure 5: Design for Economy, which reads:   Providing abundance while living within our means is a fundamental challenge of sustainability. How does the project provide “more with less”? Possibilities include “right sizing” the program, cost-effective design decisions, economic performance analysis, economic equity strategies, notable return-on-investment outcomes, contributing to local and disadvantaged economies, ...
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